VRI can be overwhelming, especially if you are not prepared. Is there anything an interpreter should do to make remote assignments less stressful? YES!!!
Before you start your VRI assignment, make sure you have the following information:
- Language and regional dialects requested
- Date, time, and length of the session
- Contact name and details
- Type and topic of the meeting
- A clear understanding of what platform you’re using to connect and a link to the call/meeting
- HIPAA compliant environment: ideal space is a home office with a closed door, free of background noise, and disturbance.
- Test your internet connection, audio, and video
- The camera is positioned at a right angle, with good lighting and a clear and professional background
Make sure you look professional and have everything you need such as a notebook for note-taking, water, tissues, etc.
- A working computer, or stationary tablet (recommended not older than 3 years)
- A noise-canceling headset with a microphone with a USB/corded connection.
- A neutral/blank background: a chair-mounted background or a screen in the back of a computer.
- Lighting: make sure you are facing the source of light. If you interpret later in the afternoon, consider investing in a specialized portable light source.
- The best internet speed you can get (usually fiber optic)
- HD web camera: built-in cameras often do not have the speed or quality desired for VRI.
- A comfortable chair & desk (especially if you interpret for extended periods of time).